Politics during any presidential election is frustrating; it seems that anything is fuel for an argument. However, in her speech at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night, singer Demi Lovato shifted attention to an issue we can all relate to one way or another.
Health care is expensive, especially if you need to get any kind of specialized care. It is even harder to obtain mental health care. After the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans were able to obtain health insurance, but it still left large gaps in coverage in its wake. The most significant gap was mental health. Under the Affordable Care Act, about 22% of people cannot find a psychiatrist or mental health prescriber, which is devastating for those with disorders that require frequent, specialized care. Lovato references these struggles early in her speech, when she said, “Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness. But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, either because they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment.”
Lovato also sheds light on the dangers of untreated mental disorders: “Untreated mental illness can lead to devastating consequences, including suicide, substance abuse, and long-term medical issues. We can do better. Every one of us can make a difference.” Ranging from stigmas to the high cost of medication, there are many obstacles for people seeking treatment for their disorders. Lovato focuses on education as a tool to overcome some of these obstacles; she says that “every one of us can make a difference by getting educated on this epidemic.” With education, Lovato believes that we can break the dangerous stigmas surrounding these mental disorders. Stigma or not, it is incredibly important to treat these mental disorders, as they put enormous strains on your life and can be managed with the right treatments.
Here at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research, we try our best to overcome these obstacles and help our patients and volunteers reach a better quality of life. We work to overcome stigmas by offering our patients and volunteers complete confidentiality, and by continuously educating ourselves and our patients about these different disorders. We also try to fill the gaps that the Affordable Care Act left behind, with no-cost treatment and diagnostic evaluations. Accepting that you have a mental disorder is the only obstacle you have to worry about: we will take care of the rest. Call the Institute for Advanced Medical Research at 770-817-9200 to learn more about your treatment options.demi lovato dnc speech